By  Ann Urban

Running out of ideas for what to get Dad for Christmas? Rush tickets? That’s a maybe, but be ready to fork over big bucks for good seats. A watch? But does he really want another watch when he loves the one he already has with the worn band. Another tie? Please, stop! This year, give Dad something he’ll really enjoy and support a local business or school at the same time.

Here are some gift ideas that are sure to make Dad smile on Christmas morning. Best of all, you can purchase any of these last-minute gifts without ever leaving your home or office.

Winston-Salem Dash: The Winston-Salem Dash will take on the Chicago White Sox on March 30 at BB&T Ballpark in rare Triad appearance by a Major League team. The Dash also has ticket packages available for the regular season, which kicks off April 15. For tickets, visit or call (336) 714-BATS (2287).

Wake Forest Golf Academy: Wake Forest Athletics recently opened a Golf Academy that features world-class golf instruction for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Golf Academy participants have access to the most up-to-date teaching methods coupled with the latest technological video and swing analysis equipment. or call (336) 758-6037 to book a session.

Deacon Basketball: Wake Forest is already well into basketball season, but there are a lot of great ACC games that will be played at LJVM after the holidays. Add a Wake Forest sweatshirt from the Deacon Shop, and you’ve got a winning gift combination. Visit to purchase tickets. Go Deacs!

Foothills Brewing: For the beer lover in your life – and let’s face it, most guys are – Foothills Brewing on Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem offers “Beer School. No, this is not a movie title. Beer School is for real. For more information, visit or call (336) 777-3348.

Oklahoma!: If your guy likes a dose of culture every now and then, here’s one for you. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present an all-school production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! in Spring 2011. For dates and prices, visit or call (336) 721-1945.

Hookum: This simple but addictive game was co-founded by a Winston-Salem native and resident. Hookum is the world’s first multiplayer Bimini ring game. In theory, it’s a a simple game: swing your ring onto your hook. But what should be simple is maddeningly difficult. Players determine the length of the contest: first to ring five? First to ten? If the dad in your house likes darts and other parlor games… this may be his new favorite. To top it off he can play with the kids! Check it out at

What are you getting your favorite Dad this holiday? What are some cool ideas over in Greensboro and High Point? Share your suggestions below!